Perhaps the most momentous Jordan news since the Nike sub-brand’s Supreme collaboration in 2015, legendary graffiti artist Brian “KAWS” Donnelly served up his own take on the IV. The resulting sneaker is bare of any traditional plastic details, and instead is entirely comprised of premium grey suede, right down to the cage. The pared-down color scheme pays homage to KAWS’ Companion characters, and is finished with a glow-in-the-dark outsole. Naturally, KAWS’ “XX” is featured boldly on the heel in place of Jordan’s classic “Air” marking.In the vein of Supreme’s other jarring Nike choices, like the Foamposite and Air Max 98, the New York City skate brand came correct with a pack of three Air More Uptempos in April 2017. While the black choice was by far the most sensible, additional red and gold choices rounded out the pack, which retailed exclusively online.
All new for 2017, the ACG.07.KMTR features a four-way stretch water-resistant upper shell that derives inspiration from parachutes, working with a draw-cord closure to conform to the foot. The forefoot fit can be adjusted via a Fidlock magnetic buckle. The functional sole unit is taken from another past ACG project, the Nike Tallac Flyknit ACG.Reprising the 2012 partnership between Nike and designer Tom Sachs, the Mars Yard Shoe returned in 2016 in a slightly updated version. Replacing the original canvas upper with a slightly more durable mesh material, the release was held in New York City at an obstacle course-inspired installation, where attendees had to complete a gauntlet of tests before receiving their pairs.
Nike’s Zoom Vaporfly 4% is named for its purported ability to make runners 4% more efficient when compared to Nike’s previous fastest marathon shoe. Nike designers have worked to make this possible through an aerodynamic heel counter, Nike Flymesh upper with midfoot dynamic archband, and a carbon fiber plate that is specially placed to reduce energy loss.Not only is the sneaker tuned for performance, but early colorways also found favor with the fashion crowd. Despite being $50 more expensive than the $200 VaporMax, the Zoom Vaporfly 4% still sold out in its first few releases.